Bruce Jones began playing guitar at the age of 15, and bass at 19. He grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and played jazz standards at a local supper club, where he was mentored by a journeyman drummer named Ed Fowler. He came to Texas at the invitation of an aspiring songwriter named "Cuz" Addington. He moved to Austin in 1976, where he began playing regularly at "The Hole in the Wall" (and other local clubs) with a folk trio called "Spare Parts".
In 1978 he joined "Omar and the Howlers", a blues band which toured the USA, Canada and Europe and released numerous albums, including "Hard Times in the Land of Plenty" on Columbia Records. This band toured and appeared with blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Johnny Winter. In 1994 he retired from Omar's band to get a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling, and has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for the past seventeen years, while staying actively involved in writing, playing and performing.
In 1995 he met Jeanne Kyser, fiddle player, and together with Melinda Brooks (mandolin and guitar), formed "Bruce Jones and the Monotones". This acoustic trio does occasional performances at coffee shops, private parties and house concerts.
A prolific songwriter, Bruce Jones has released three solo albums: "Flashpoint Sessions", "Monotoneland" (with songwriter Emily Kaitz) and "Rough Tough Game" (with singer Kris Barnes). He has won several awards in the Austin Songwriter's Group song contests, including a First Place in the "Singer/Songwriter" category in 2008 for his song, "I Miss You".
In 2010 he joined the Austin Lounge Lizards, an Austin-based satirical acoustic band with a 33 year history and ten albums to their credit. He penned three of the songs on their latest album, "Home and Deranged".
In addition to ongoing recording projects in his home studio, he is also learning to play piano, with a particular focus on the tunes of Scott Joplin."